Label: LABEL NAME Release date: RELEASE DATE (00/00/00) Website: URL There comes a time in every person’s life when the ‘Springsteen Phase’ takes over. Usually it just means a new-found love of leather jackets, air-punching and slinging a guitar across one’s back and taking off in search of the American Promised Land. As one does. When ‘proper’ musicians attempt to invoke the spirit of The Boss’s bruised Americana rock, the results are a mixed bag; ‘I’ve been going through a Bruce Springsteen phase’, Kill It Kid lead singer Chris Turpin recently told an interviewer, and it’s those 80s riffs and blues harmonies occasionally punching their way into Ivy And Oak that almost infuse it with something approaching ‘passion’. ‘Mama, why you bein’ so mean to me?’ snarls Turpin in his Antony Hegarty-lite drawl. Turpin is Kill It Kid’s money shot, and he sometimes overwhelms a song that doesn’t sound like it should be his. His supporting players are unfairly let down by production and composition that hasn’t been built to show off their obvious talent; singer Stephanie Ward’s husky sighs are drowned out in the ‘chuck it all in and see how it goes’ mish-mash of bashed instruments. There’s an obvious love of rag-time blues gingerly peeping through, and it’s a shame that the song doesn’t have the balls to fully indulge in its influences. Where’s the soul, man? It’s not that Ivy And Oak is a bad track, it’s just that there’s too much going on underneath the depressingly simple and half-arsed production. If you’re looking for the killer blues bass-lines and melodies, you’re better off with the Muddy Waters-aping b-side Ida Mae. Ignore the jarringly English chattering and giggling before the track kicks in, and look to the whiskey-fuelled stomping of a song, lacking in ground-breaking innovation though it may be, has raw, sexy fun with its inspirations. Something The Boss would be proud of. Photobucket